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Referrals to state-regulated child care providers

Comprehensive information on
  • Child care options
  • How to evaluate and select a child care provider
  • Child care regulations
  • Nationally accredited child care programs

Practical advice on child development, parenting, and balancing work and family

Financial assistance for eligible families through the Child Care Works Subsidized Child Care Program (funded by the PA Department of Human Services)

Child Care Consultants Child Care Checklist...

We suggest you print a copy of this list and take it with you while visiting prospective child care facilities.

  1. Frequent, warm interaction among children and caregivers
  2. Specially trained caregivers sensitive to individual child and family needs
  3. Balanced daily program with time for play, learning, rest and meals
  4. Enough adults to respond to individual children (meets/exceeds PA regulations)
  5. Safe, clean, pleasant environment with areas for rest, quiet play and active play
  6. A learning environment encouraging creativity, problem solving and social skills
  7. Equipment, toys and materials appropriate to each child's age and abilities
  8. Nutritious and appealing meals and snacks
  9. Open communication with parents - visits and questions are encouraged
  10. Secure, stable environment with low staff turnover
  11. Participation in Quality Improvement programs such as Keystone STARS or national accreditation

An Important Note About Your Responsibility

Selecting and monitoring a child care provider is the right and responsibility of the parent or guardian. Providers listed with Child Care Consultants, Inc. are regulated by the Pennsylvania Department of Human Services. Providers have not been screened, evaluated, or recommended by Child Care Consultants. Child Care Consultants neither guarantees nor endorses the providers.


Financial assistance is available for eligible families.

Here is a list of the supporting documents you may need to include with your application.

Download these documents to help build your knowledge of raising and caring for children »

100 Tips for Parents

Developing Your Child

Early Literacy

Finding Balance for Busy Families

Preschool Assessment


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"It is easier to build strong children than to repair broken men."
Frederick Douglass